Less than a week after creating a national stir when he entered his name into the NCAA's transfer database, the former Alabama quarterback announced in a piece published by The Players Tribune that while he appreciated his time at Alabama, he would finish his college career at Oklahoma.
Hurts, who graduated from Alabama in December, will be eligible to play immediately for the Sooners.
Even with the block, Kendall could have still transferred to Morgantown if he chose to, however, he would have had to sit out for the 2019 season. Both quarterbacks were transfers, both were the backbone of high-powered offenses that finished No. 1 in the country and both led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff in their Heisman years as well.
Could there be some bad blood between Jalen Hurts and Alabama? But Oklahoma is making things extremely hard for Kendall to go to the place he wants to go as they are blocking him from having immediate eligibility should he transfer to West Virginia as a grad transfer, according to ESPN. And that was before Wednesday's transfer announcement. Baker Mayfield transferred from Texas Tech before winning the Heisman at Oklahoma in 2017 and being drafted No. 1 overall in 2018.
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Kendall has played sparingly during his time with Oklahoma appearing in six games between his two years on the field completing 28-39 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
Despite the benching for the 2018 season after the title game, Hurts still had enviable stats in 2017 - he threw for 2,081 yards with 17 passing touchdowns and one interception. But Riley wasn't going to start Kendall anyway.
A native of Houston, Hurts lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa, who came into the CFP National Championship with Alabama trailing Georgia 20-10 and spearheaded a dramatic comeback and overtime victory, 26-23. "I'm wiser. I'm a better man", Hurts wrote.
Oklahoma will be competing for another College Football Playoff spot in 2019.
Many wanted Hurts to come in for the Tide when the team was being dominated by Clemson in this month's title game.